'Ice Bucket Challenge' donations for ALS research top $41 million

The New York Times: With everyone from former President George W. Bush to Justin Bieber and Shakira posting online videos of themselves dumping buckets of ice over their heads in the name of charity, the viral "Ice Bucket Challenge" continues to dominate social media and has now raised more than $40 million for ALS or Lou Gehrig's disease. The ALS Association, a Washington-based nonprofit that funds global research to find treatments and a cure for the disease, said Thursday morning that it had received $41.8 million in donations from July 29 until Aug. 21. 

 

Apple iPhone 6 screen snag leaves supply chain scrambling

Reuters: Suppliers to Apple Inc. are scrambling to get enough screens ready for the new iPhone 6 smartphone as the need to redesign a key component disrupted panel production ahead of next month's expected launch, supply chain sources said. It's unclear whether the hiccup could delay the Sept. 9 launch or limit the number of phones initially available to consumers. 

 

How is the Zippo Manufacturing Co. having its best years ever?

Forbes: Despite the 50 percent downturn in the number of U.S. smokers since the 1950s heyday for cigarettes, Zippo booked more than $200 million in sales last year -- a record -- and had the best May and June sales in its history in 2014. Forbes estimates that revenue has increased by a compounded 14 percent in the past three years, thanks to a new, nonsmoking CEO, Greg Booth, who pushed the 82-year-old manufacturer's legendary lighters at a younger audience and expanded business in China.